Thompson Rivers University

Do your TESL practicum in Vietnam

June 26, 2019

Note: Participating students may be eligible to receive a $500 Student Field School Award through TRU World.


The Teaching English as a Second Language program has opened a doorway to the world for students to do their supervised practicum.

Vietnamese traditional fishers

It won’t be all school and no fun while doing your practicum at Saigontourist Hospitality College. There will be opportunities during the three weeks to explore Vietnam’s attractions, traditions, ways of life, foods, locations and people. Photos on this page are from STHC’s Facebook photos album.

A new partnership with Saigontourist Hospitality College (STHC) means students can now do the three-credit course in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, during the first three weeks in December. The opportunity means a range of real-world learning and teaching opportunities for everyone, whether it’s in the school’s culinary kitchens or while sightseeing with students from the tour guiding program.

“STHC doesn’t have foreign students on their campus, so their campus will go through a mini-internationalization when we are there,” said TRU TESL program coordinator Karen Densky. “Our students will serve as customers for them to practice on. For TESL students to get an overseas experience while completing their teaching practicum is perfect. We are all getting something out of this partnership and we’re doing that in a sustainable way.”

The hospitality college is operated by Saigontourist, which is a state-run organization that also runs hotels, restaurants and guided tours throughout central Vietnam.

STHC spring rolls and soup

Currently, TRU’s TESL students do their practicum in Kamloops or the region.

Vietnam practicum details

At least two TRU instructors will be making the trip.

The final cost will be determined by how many students participate, but will be around $3,200 for domestic students once flights, food and accommodation are added up, and the $500 Student Field School Award is subtracted. Partnerships are in place with hotels for accommodations, all within a very short walk to STHC.

STHC islands and boats aerial


  • is a 15-credit post-baccalaureate program
  • can be completed in one semester full-time, or part-time over multiple semesters
  • provides practical knowledge and hands-on experience to teach English as a second or foreign language
  • is five courses in total and offers a balance of theoretical and practical knowledge
  • is accredited by TESL Canada

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